Temperatures are rising and flowers are blooming which can only mean one thing—spring is here. We’re not the only ones excited for warm weather, so are bugs. In the spring, insects begin to emerge from their winter hiding spots. We’ve made a list of common spring pests you’ll want to be on the lookout for in your home.
Nothing ruins your time outside like a mosquito bite. When temperatures steadily stay above 50 degrees, mosquitoes are ready to begin hunting. Mosquito eggs can typically endure winter conditions. This means that when spring rolls around, they are ready to hatch. Some mosquitoes are able to enter a state of diapause, which is similar to hibernation, during the winter. They are more than ready to stretch their wings once the weather warms. Mosquitoes need protein, which unfortunately can be found in our blood. Not only are the itchy bites annoying, but mosquitoes can also transmit serious diseases. Mosquitoes can detect us through the carbon dioxide we emit when we breathe. Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Natural Insect Repellent is a great way to keep mosquitoes from finding you. You’ll also want to be aware of any standing water. Mosquitoes thrive in and near stagnant water. To keep them away from your home, you’ll want to eliminate sources of standing water. This will also hinder their ability to lay eggs since they lay eggs in water.
Ants would definitely pick spring as their favorite time of the year. It’s when they begin to march through our yards and into our homes. In the spring, ants come out and begin looking for a new area to grow a colony as well as resources to replenish their food supply. Ants enjoy eating things that we do including sweets and protein. This means they will be looking for crumbs we happen to leave behind. These bugs are tiny and can slip into tiny cracks and spaces. You’ll want to make sure your home isn’t inviting so sweep up crumbs, wipe up spills, and make sure to seal any cracks. Rain can also flood ant nests and they’ll be looking for a place to stay until their nests dry out. However, if your home is too welcoming, they may not want to leave. If you have a few uninvited guests, check out Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective No Spill Ant Kill.
Another spring pest that enjoys jumping into our lives is the flea. Fleas are small, reddish-brown bugs that feed on blood. They typically come inside after attaching to our pets, specifically dogs and cats. These bugs can spread disease so you don’t want to ignore them. Your pets can help you identify a flea infestation. If you notice them scratching a lot, fleas could be responsible. Other signs include sighting the bug, bites on you or your pets, and flea dirt, which resembles ground black pepper. Fleas and their feces can be spotted in pet beds, carpets, in the grooves of flooring, and behind or under furniture. Contacting your pet’s veterinarian is a good place to start as well as using a pet-friendly pest control product like Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Bed Bug & Flea Killer. While this product is great to use on pet bedding, it shouldn’t be applied directly to your furry friend.
Mosquitoes aren’t the only flying bug that likes 50-degree weather. Queen wasps begin to emerge when temperatures consistently stay warm. Like ants, they are looking for a new place to build their nest. Paper wasps frequently use yards to construct their nests, which are made of a paper-like material. These nests have an umbrella-like shape that can help you identify them. Yellow jackets sometimes make finding their nests a little tricky. They are known to build their nests underground but can place them in structures above ground. If you notice wasps nearby, there’s a good chance a nest isn’t far away. If you spot a wasp or a nest, you’ll want to be careful because wasps are territorial and aggressive. They aren’t afraid to sting multiple times. To help keep them away, make sure to repair cracks and screens, remove trash and keep cans sealed, and cover food when you’re enjoying your meal outside. If they’ve already claimed part of your home, try Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Wasp and Hornet Killer.
We all have a story about our epic showdown with a fly. These bugs like to hang out in our homes especially once the weather turns nice. Houseflies are very common and choose to feed and breed in garbage and other dirty material. They can be a serious problem because they can transmit disease. Cluster flies are also extremely common in the spring. These flies have light and dark gray bodies. While annoying, they thankfully don’t carry disease. Flies will slip in when windows and doors are open. Sometimes flies overwinter in our homes, so you will see them pop up when they come out of their hiding places. You can typically spot them resting on your floor, walls, and ceiling. They are attracted to sunny parts of the house, so make sure to check in those areas. Besides spotting them, you may be able to detect them when they make noise. Flies create a buzzing noise when their wings beat together. If you come across any pesky flies, Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Flying Insect Killer will do the trick.
The wood-loving termite likes to make its presence known in the spring. You’ll want to be aware of subterranean, drywod, and dampwood termites. Subterranean termites can technically be active year-round but are most active in April. They live underground and enter your home through any wood that may be touching the ground. They also construct mud tubes, which they use to gain entrance to your home. Drywood termites live in drier wood and get their moisture from the humidity in the air as well as from the wood they eat. Dampwood termites are larger and prefer wood that is water-damaged. Wet winter conditions provide the perfect moisture for termites. The best way to spot an infestation is through damaged wood or by spotting their wings. If you notice these things, don’t hesitate to call a pest management professional.
Spring brings many good things our way, but bugs aren’t one of them. If any of these spring pests invade your home and yard, we want to help. Check out Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Pest Control products.